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How Was Your Spring Bulb Garden?

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 31, 2017
One of the best things about a spring bulb garden is the surprise factor.  When I plant bulbs in the fall, I usually have a plan as to color combinations and placement. But by the time spring arrives, it’s hard to remember which varieties I planted and where I put them. Sound familiar?
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers

Another Reason to Love Ornamental Alliums: Seed Heads!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 17, 2017
The big, round flower heads of ornamental alliums are irresistible — at least they are to me. My gardens now contain about a dozen different types, yet still I crave more. There’s just something so unexpected and playful about them. These hardy and reliable perennials are also long-blooming, pollinator-friendly and seemingly immune to diseases and pests, including deer.
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Topics: Alliums , Cut Flowers , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs

The Perfect Pair: Daffodils and Hostas

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Nov 11, 2016
  Daffodils blooming means spring has arrived and warmer days are ahead! I love seeing their bright yellow, orange and white blossoms popping up all over my garden and landscape. Unfortunately, daffodil foliage that hangs around too long is not what I wanted to see in my garden, so I needed a solution!
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Topics: Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Foliage Plants , Garden Design , How-To , Inspiration , Perennials , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Growing Muscari in Containers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 04, 2016
Muscari are one of my favorite spring flowers. They aren’t as big and showy as tulips or daffodils, but they have so much going for them: they’re blue they make ideal companions they come back year after year they smell like grape juice the foliage fades away quickly deer and rodents rarely bother them they are
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Muscari , Spring Blooming Bulbs

How to Force Hyacinth Bulbs for Indoor Flowers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 28, 2016
Dutch hyacinths are among the world’s most fragrant flowers. These spring-blooming bulbs are a beautiful addition to any garden and they are also some of the best bulbs for “forcing”. Forcing is a technique that lets you bring plants into bloom weeks or even months before they would normally flower outdoors. Forcing hyacinth bulbs is easier than
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Fragrant Flowers , How-To , Spring Blooming Bulbs

How to Protect Fall Bulbs From Chipmunks and Squirrels

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 14, 2016
For gardeners, fall is planting time for tulips, daffodils, alliums and other spring-blooming bulbs. While we’re busy planting our bulbs, chipmunks and squirrels are busy gathering nuts, berries and seeds for the winter ahead. If you’re a rodent working hard to fill up your food cache, the flower bulbs we’re planting are buried treasure: tasty, nutritious and easy
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , How-To , Spring Blooming Flowers

Where to Plant Fall Bulbs: There’s Always Room for More

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 08, 2016
  Summer is fading fast and soon it will be time for sweaters, warm tea and… bulb planting. It’s your once-a-year opportunity to pull out all the stops and go wild with color. (That’s tulip Princess Irene and muscari armeniacum above.) Spring-blooming flower bulbs already contain everything they need to produce fabulous flowers. All you have to do
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs

Long-Lasting Tulips and Daffodils? Start Here

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 25, 2016
Spring-flowering bulbs have got to be tough. On an early spring day, it can be freezing in the morning and 80 degrees by afternoon. Climate change is intensifying these temperatures swings, especially on the warm end of the spectrum. So to help gardeners cope, we are using our trial garden to identify bulb varieties with superior staying power;
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Topics: Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Tulips

Aftercare Tips for Spring Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 02, 2016
When the spring bulb season comes to an end, gardeners often wonder what to do about the spent flowers and fading foliage. The answer depends on whether you are treating the bulbs as annuals or perennials. Spring bulbs as annuals Though most spring bulbs are hardy perennials and will return year after year, many people plant fresh bulbs every
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs

What Were Your Favorite Spring Bulbs?

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 19, 2016
We try our best to show you what our flower bulbs will really look like when they bloom in your garden. One of the ways we do this is by maintaining a trial garden where we grow and photograph most of the varieties that we sell. But flowers are living things with a presence and personality, and getting all
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers

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Kathleen LaLiberte has been writing about gardening for more than 30 years from her home in northern Vermont, where she tends a half acre of flowers, vegetables and fruit. She has been working with Longfield Gardens since 2011.

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